A total of 2,356 persons comprising of 1,056 males and 1,300 females have been sworn-in for the 2017 batch ‘A’ (stream one) orientation course of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Delta State.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo whose speech was read by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Mr. Jude Sinebe, urged the corps members to key into the recently launched ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign of the Federal Government.
He explained that the campaign is aimed at restoring national values and upholding all that is right, adding that they must strive to fight the painful erosion of “our social values as a result of greed and dishonesty.
“If change begins with each of you, there can be nothing that will impede the progress of this great nation. You must all consider yourselves as agents of this change and actively live and promote. This nation depends on your labours, in no small way, and it is a great responsibility that you all bear.”
According to the acting president, the Federal Government is aware of the challenges of insecurity, deployment management and processes facing the NYSC, adding that efforts were being made to address the issues.
He warned heads of government ministries agencies not to reject corps members posted for primary assignment, stressing rather that such agencies and even the private sector employers should challenging tasks to corps members during the service year.
Coordinator of the NYSC in the state Mr. Omotade Ayodele had explained that the three-month orientation course is meant to inculcate in the corps members the ideals and objectives of the scheme, and thus prepare them for the task of the service year.
While commending the state government for the prompt response the issue of water scarcity, he appealed to the government to immediately reconstruct a new water storage tank in the orientation camp at Issele-Uku.
“Permit me to place on record the recent installation of a new 300KVA transformer in the camp, the on-going construction of additional camp facilities. It is our fervent hope that when all these facilities becomes operational, corps members and camp officials will have a new lease of life in this place,” he added.